South Viet Nam: The Ups & the Downs

"If the enemy advances, retreat; if he halts, harass; if he retreats, attack." Thus Mao Tse-tung advised Communist revolutionaries, and in South Viet Nam last week the Red Viet Cong scrupulously followed Mao's injunctions—with both success and failure.

Transported by more than 50 U.S. helicopters, the most ever used on a combat mission in Viet Nam, some 2,000 government troops launched a full-scale attack on Zone D, a 4,500-sq.-mi. Red strong hold north of Saigon that functions as a combination Pentagon and troop assignment center for Communist forces all over South Viet Nam. The government's mission: to clean out the 5,000...

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